Possibility of an EPCOT hotel surfaces once again

Mar 22, 2021 in "EPCOT"

Posted: Monday March 22, 2021 5:28pm ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

The fabled EPCOT hotel has reared its head once again this week with reports from Orlando Real Estate watcher Ken Pozek.

Via a YouTube report, Ken has identified a possible construction project that is in the design phase for "EPCOT Future World Hotel." According to the document on construction.com, the project began in August 2018, and most notably has been updated on February 4 2021. The resource is typically use by construction firms to identify and bid on construction projects, so its appearance here is of note. However, it should be noted that we have not been able to independently verify the authenticity of the document or its accuracy.

According to the report, the valuation of the hotel is put at $50 - $75 million and is in the planning schematics stage. Alongside the hotel, the project type is described as having a swimming pool and miscellaneous recreation.

We've been following the possibility of an EPCOT hotel for many years on the WDWMAGIC Forums, but it reached most prominence in late 2017. At that time, Disney was considering multiple designs ideas and locations, including both World Showcase and Future World, with the latter being favored to move forward.

One Future World proposal saw a hotel being built close to the center of the park near to the former Club Cool, another at the entrance and other plans placed the hotel at the edge of the park.

With the design of World Celebration seemingly confirmed, it would now seem safe to rule out a hotel development in the center of the park. Ken's research places the construction address to be closer to Soarin' on the western side of the park. 

Walt Disney World is already dipping its toes into tightly integrating hotel stays with its theme parks, with the upcoming Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser. And hotels in very close proximity to the parks have already proven popular at Disneyland Paris and Disneyland Resort in California.

Despite this latest development, the chances of a new hotel being built amid a global pandemic would appear to be low. However, Disney continues to seek new revenue streams, and the prospect of an in-park EPCOT boutique hotel may well fit in with Disney's post-COVID plans for lower attendance, offset with higher spending guests.

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marni197130 days ago

That mistake was approved before the hotel was a twinkling.

the.dreamfinder30 days ago

Thank you Cosmic Rewind.

marni1971May 12, 2021

Bus station is MIA. But the entrance hotel is dead. Funds could have gone elsewhere.

pdude81May 12, 2021

Ok, thanks. We had that weird tidbit on a construction bid site a month or two ago, so I was curious to see if it was ever pulled down or if they were revisiting the bus station area.

marni1971May 12, 2021

Why? The entrance hotel was cut.

pdude81May 12, 2021

I was hoping to see any kind of update about this, but I'm guessing there have been no changes or noteworthy bits for people to discuss. Fun to look back to 2017 though when people thought one of these hotels might ruin sightlines in WS. I'd say that barge has anchored

HauntedMansionFLAApr 04, 2021

The festival center top priority for WDW

larryzApr 04, 2021

Then Walt surely would be spinning in his grave/cryo box over Paris' Disneyland Hotel as well as all of Anaheim's Disney-owned hotel properties.

larryzApr 04, 2021

It's coming. Why else open the Northern Exposure? ;)

*Q*Apr 04, 2021

Now that I'm all caught up, this has made me hate the Riviera even more.

MisterPenguinApr 04, 2021

Start here... https://forums.wdwmagic.com/threads/the-epcot-hotel.936260/post-9716986

ChrisFLApr 04, 2021

so why is this thread trending again?

UNCgolfApr 03, 2021

That's even more of a reason to build a Venetian hotel there. It adds to the authenticity.

GimpYancIentApr 03, 2021

Or could decline the value of the area. Many times development ends up degradation.